How to Prevent Clogged Drains & Other Drainage Problems in Your Home

Written by  //  January 23, 2019  //  Plumbing  //  Comments Off on How to Prevent Clogged Drains & Other Drainage Problems in Your Home

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We turn on the faucet. Water comes out and we wash our hands, the dish or what have you. We use the bathroom, turn around and give the handle a push to flush and carry on without putting any more thought into the ordeal. When these fixtures don’t work as anticipated, it causes worry and immediate concern. Problems with the plumbing system rarely come to mind until there is an issue. At that time, even a minor issue seems complex and you wonder what to do.

How to Avoid Drain Problems

First, why not take measures to prevent these drain issues from occurring in the first place? Preventing drainage issues is much simpler than resolving them later down the line and a lot less stressful, too. A few tips to help you prevent drainage issues at your home are listed below.

  • Tip One:

    Some products sold today are labeled as ‘safe for flushing’; or flushable, but even these items shouldn’;t be put down the drains. The drains are designed to transport waste out of the home, nothing else. Even products labeled flushable can cause long-term damage to the pipes. So, make it a habit to avoid putting anything down the drain except for the waste it was intended to hold.

  • Tip Two:

    Many people buy drain cleaners to keep on hand in case of a clog. But, plumbers recommend the cleaners not be used. Consumer Reports studies show the cleaners are ineffective more often than not. Furthermore, prolonged use of a drain cleaner damages the pipes and can cause hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of damage to the plumbing. It is best to use other means to unclog the toilet or sink and leave drain cleaners on the shelf or don’t buy them at all.

  • Tip Three:

    Many people think that a little grease from the bottom of a skillet won’;t hurt anything, but the truth is that any amount of grease or oil in the sink can negatively impact the pipes and cause a clog and other problems. Keep a canister or a jar beside the range to dispose of grease and never pour it down the drain!

  • Tip Four:

    A plunger is a homeowners best friend when clogs occur. You need one each toilet plunger and a sink plunger. The sink plunger is the red, round plunge that you see in many bathrooms. A toilet plunger is usually black and has a smaller end for auction inside of the toilet. When minor clogs occur, the plunger can quickly resolve the problem, eliminating the need to call a plumber as well as the headaches that clogs can bring. Although plunges cannot resolve every clog, they can handle many of them, so it is ideal to have them on hand and use this as your first step in repair when a clog occurs.

  • Tip Five:

    There are many steps to take to winterize your home and protect your sensitive structures from the harsh weather elements that the winter season brings. Don’;t forget to winterize the pipes in the home. When the pipes are insulated, it reduces the risk they’;ll freeze which can cause massive trouble. Furthermore, it will help reduce the costs of utilities and it is always nice to save money. Pipe insulation is sold at most home improvement stores for a few bucks and is easy to install without any professional help necessary.

Install New Pipes

In worst case scenarios, you may be forced to install new pipes to prevent problems with the plumbing system to cause you grief time and time again. It might make more financial sense to update the pipes in the home as well. Some homeowners opt to update their piping system because they want the benefit of updated pipes and technology. If the pipes continually bust, if they’;re rusted, or if they’;ve been in the home for 20+ years, it might be ideal to talk to a professional to learn more about new pipe installation.

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